Quality Actors Raise the Level of TV Programming
It’s interesting to watch the changes in TV and movie programming. There once was a solid divide between TV shows and Movies.
Movies commanded the biggest stars, the most lavish sets and locations, and the huge budgets to match. TV shows were seen as the movie’s younger and weaker sibling – not as attractive, not as successful, and not as talented.
Part of this, of course, was because the networks in each country controlled TV. TV shows were simply a way to sell advertising airtime and make money for the network.
But as cable TV became a reality in many countries, the opportunities for lavish TV shows outside the scope that networks could afford soon started to change people’s perception of TV and blurred the lines between TV and movies.
One of the most successful channels that emerged from the cable TV years was HBO. They were one of the first channels to risk major budgets on what were, in effect, TV shows. And many movie moguls, directors, and producers were scared by the success of these cable TV channels.
But for the millions of actors around the globe, the success of cable and its successor, streaming TV, was good news as it spelled increased opportunities for them.
There was a time when an actor was either a movie or TV actor. They had either reached the level of only working on high-budget movies or they ‘still’ worked on lowly TV shows.
It’s refreshing to settle down to watch a TV series in your home, knowing you’ll be able to expect the same level of quality actors that you had to buy a ticket to a movie theater just a few years ago to enjoy.